Qatar Airways announce eight destinations, a target of 3.3m passengers
Qatar Airways has announced a further eight routes in 2020 across Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Europe, with the first – Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – taking off on the 30th March, barely two months away. None of these eight have direct competition.
|Destination||Weekly frequency||Start date||Aircraft|
|Accra, Ghana (via Lagos)||7||15 April||B787-8|
|Almaty, Kazakhstan||2*||1 April||A320|
|Cebu, Philippines||3||8 April||B787-8|
|Luanda, Angola||4||14 October||B787-8|
|Lyon, France||5||23 June||B787-8|
|Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan||2||30 March||A320|
|Siem Reap, Cambodia||3||16 November||B787-8|
|Trabzon, Turkey||3||20 May||A320|
|Source: Qatar Airways. *Four from 25 May.|
Continued focus on seasonal, thinner destinations
These eight – including Cebu, a resumption – join a host of others already announced for this year, including Dubrovnik, Croatia; Osaka, Japan (resumption); and Santorini, Greece. Qatar Airways’ focus on seasonal and thinner destinations is clear. They’re made possible by the carrier’s growing connectivity (fewer passengers required per online connection), right-sized aircraft, and often very efficient aircraft.
Traffic opportunity of ~3.3 million
In 2019 and excluding non-stop passengers, 3.3 million flew to/from these eight destinations. This “potential” is based on “logical” traffic flows (some flexibility is given!). They exclude non-stop passengers because they’d be less likely to switch. The table, below, is simply indicative for Qatar Airways.
|Destination||Local Doha||Middle East*||Africa*||Europe||Asia-Pacific||Total|
|Source: OAG Traffic Analyser. Relevant and logical areas only, such as no North Africa for Lyon. *Excluding countries Qatar Airways is banned from serving.|